This week in writing… birthday edition

Wednesday was World Read Aloud Day, organized and sponsored by the folks at Lit World. I heard about it a couple of weeks back, and volunteered to be a part of it, not just because I love books and reading aloud, but also because it fell on my birthday. Since I had a rough year last year, this seemed like a great, productive way to celebrate. You can find pictures of the event on Lit World’s Facebook page.

Editor Molly O’Neill and agent Michael Bourret discuss what’s good in Middle Grade fiction.

Several children’s book illustrators have been tapped to add art to the subway. It almost makes me want a job in the city again.

Author Catherine Stine has tips for newbie writers, and describes her own path to publication. (Hint: indie and traditional publishing doesn’t have to be an either or.)

A creator of ebooks says that ebooks are bad for your children. Think it’s a trick? Nope. But they make a case for the kind of ebooks that might be better for kids and the kind that might not be. (Guess which kind they make.)

Agree or not, children’s apps are the wave of the future. Here’s a rundown of the kids’ app market.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children also has an article this week about technology and your preschooler.

Maybe you’re new to Twitter, or you haven’t figured it out yet. This Mediabistro post has tons of tips on what to do and not to do as you build your social platform.

Over at Atticus books, they’re discussing whether Amazon is the end of literary culture. A librarian, a bookseller, and a writer weigh in.

On Jane Friedman’s blog, Seth Godin discusses the future of publishing…. again.

If your publishing dreams include working  for a major publishing house (or even a small one), read this article.

Think librarians are backing down about ebook pricing? They aren’t. Thank goodness! There was a bit of a lively debate about this on my Facebook page earlier this week between an editor and a librarian. Both with excellent points, coming from different sides of the issue. The editor’s point: the publishers need to cover costs and are trying to figure out how to deal with the electronic revolution, and the prices will likely change as they do. The librarian’s point: all libraries want to do is serve their patrons and give them the publisher’s books. Where do authors stand? This author thinks that publishers should give libraries a break. They’re getting beaten up enough as it is. Any other authors out there want to weigh in?

Are you making these grammar mistakes? I see a lot of these from some of my novice clients. This handy guide will help you avoid them.

And finally, last week, The Book People held a conference where they discussed if publishers are still necessary. Author Anthony Horowitz has the abbreviated notes here.

In honor of World Read Aloud Day, and because it’s a big favorite at my house, here’s a short clip of Lane Smith’s It’s a Book! Enjoy!


3 thoughts on “This week in writing… birthday edition

  1. Deborah Batterman says:

    For all of the time spent online, in some of the same networks, isn’t it fascinating that we find different things to share! Re: Amazon — It’s a distressing scenario, and the dialogue is an important one. I like to think that the newer paradigm for reading/accessing/discussing books will not completely replace the older one. Call me hopeful. Re: Twitter — I’m still learning the ropes.

  2. sarahbutland says:

    What a happy birthday celebration you had. Congratulations and very well put together list of happenings. Very interesting!

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